7 Tips to avoid fatigue when working at home

Research regarding fatigue and working from home/online/over the phone suggests that working remotely can increase fatigue and increase time spent on the job.  So if you are feeling more tired you are not alone.  Here are contributing factors to watch for:

1)      There is an absence of verbal and nonverbal cues – think about it, when you are in your office you are “hearing” so much more than what the person is saying.  In order to really be present with the person and understand what their needs are you expend more energy when on the phone with someone than when in person because you are not “reading” the room

2)      Spotty technology – the call/video call going in and out – this is anxiety producing for both you and the patient

3)      You lack your comforts – when you have an office space you set it up in a way that feels comfortable to you and your patient – most of us working from home have had to improvise and don’t have the comforts we have when in our regular office

4)      Resources are not at your fingertips – in other words when you talk with someone about a skill/strategy/ect you can’t provide them (in the moment) with the material (you have to email it afterwards).  When you are in your office you can open your drawer and pull out the needed paperwork to give to the patient and discuss it with them

5)      Staring at a screen is much more tiring than meeting with someone face-to-face.  You can easily get screen fatigue which increases your feelings of tiredness – and subsequently also can cause sleep problems, which leads to more fatigue (it is a vicious circle)

6)      During a pandemic as healthcare workers we are trying to support others with their needs/fears while managing our own – this can take a toll and be difficult – which leads to more fatigue (this is where self-care comes in!)

7)      During a pandemic we are juggling many things and every day is spent trying to prioritize what is most important that day – trying to balance work/personal life can be very challenging when working from home

If any of these apply to you it is important to remember to not overbook yourself and to take breaks when able.  The recommendation is to take a short break between each patient in order to get up, stretch and rest your mind and eyes.

Need A COVID-19 Test? Or a Doctor?

Local COVID-19 Testing Centres Go To Appointment Only

For information about how to get a test at the NHH COVID-19 Assessment Centre or at the Trent Hills COVID-19 Testing Centre, and to find about more about local testing coordination efforts,  please click here to read the latest news release from the Ontario Health Team of Northumberland.

 

How to reach a Doctor

For those with or without a family doctor, individuals in Northumberland can use the new website northumberlandcare.com to find the best way to reach a family doctor or nurse practitioner during the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here for the press release.Northumberland Care Press Release 2020-03-22

What’s Happening in Our Community

Community Health Centres of Northumberland – click this for community Program Flyer Fall 2020 or for details see https://chcnorthumberland.ca/

 

Seniors Moving Forward: The Northumberland YMCA has launched a program designed for seniors to promote healthy living and well-being.  To register for this free program contact Leslie Murray leslie.murray@nrt.ymca.ca or at 905-372-9247. For details click here.

 

Grocery shopping for seniors only and delivery service is available in Northumberland’s stores. Click here for a detailed list of hours.

MASKS HELP PROTECT YOU AND ME

To learn more about personal preventative measures against Covid 19, including where it is mandatory to wear a mask, please see the Ontario Health Team Northumberland’s press release here. 

 

If you have an in-person appointment with a health care provider at any of the NFHT offices, please wear your own mask (homemade or otherwise). Please ensure the mask covers both your nose and mouth. These infection control protocols are to protect our patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

CALL FOR DONATED CLOTH MASKS
The OHTN is collecting donated cloth masks. For more information about the program and information on how to make a mask please click here.  New drop off locations:
BRIGHTON –Community Care Northumberland –46 Prince Edward Street (arrange drop-off –613-475-4190, brighton@commcare.ca)
CAMPBELLFORD –Community Living Campbellford–65 Bridge Street East (call in advance -705.653.1821, ext 203)
COBOURG -Northumberland Hills Hospital’s main entrance, 1000 DePalma Drive–between 8 AM and 8 PM daily
Career Opportunites at NFHT
Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?

If you would like information about our smoking cessation program through STOP that offers free NRT, please call 289-252-2139 or email info@nfht.ca.

 

 

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